Expert artisans have combined aerodynamic engineering with Art-Moderne style to create the spectacular Bowlus Road Chief. From its polished aircraft-grade aluminum shell, accented with lines of raised rivets that you just can’t stop yourself from running your fingers along, to stunning elliptical windows complete with brass mesh, the Bowlus Road Chief is truly a mobile metal sculpture. The Road Chief is also as practical as it is beautifully. Perfect for an afternoon of inspiration or an ambitious adventure cross country.
Streamline design first captured the American imagination in the 1930’s, when smooth, continuous, shiny aluminum skins were found to increase efficient movement. The Road Chief’s aerodynamics begins with an effective front surface area, which is critical for towing efficiency at highway speeds. The rounded front gently leads to a tapering tail that effortlessly directs air around the travel trailer without creating a drag-inducing vacuum, all the while enhancing stability. Combined with an extremely low weight of just under 2,000 pounds dry, the Road Chief offers unparalleled towing ease with a wide range of vehicles whether pulling your way through a mountain pass or simply cruising down the highway.
With everything from the propane tank to the air-conditioning unit tucked safely inside the strong shell, the Bowlus Road Chief is the world’s most aerodynamic travel trailer. Even the windows are flush and curved to maximize aerodynamic efficiency. There is no need for external sports racks to interfere with drag or security, since gear like a pair of bikes or an ocean going kayak fits easily in the interior. The Bowlus Road Chief epitomizes everything that’s brilliant with exceptional American design.
The Bowlus Road Chief boasts an interior that is as warm as it is clever. The Zen-like stateroom’s beds easily reconfigures from “twins” to almost a “king.” Other highlights include an efficient cook’s kitchen, and an expandable full bathroom complete with shower. The Road Chief also features state-of-the-art electronics with charging and storage options that will help keep you exactly as plugged in as you wish to be. These are just a sampling of the intelligent features that you’ll find fascinating, regardless whether you’re boondocking in the backyard or in the boonies.
The Road Chief’s interior appeal starts with an intelligent design approach that cleverly tucks away everything you need.
With proportions and curves that conjure a sense of intimacy and warmth, you’ll find an interior sheathed in aluminum and birch, hugging the aerodynamic curves with symmetrically positioned exposed screws. A full-sized sofa and two armchairs, have the soft, well-worn feel of a vintage flight jacket. It’s a style that works equally well whether you’re sharing tapas with friends, enjoying a romantic dinner or converting the seating to twin beds for the kids. The built-in charging station/storage unit accommodates all your communication devices. There are also five good-sized drawers for all your necessities.
The forward galley is a real “cook’s kitchen.” The SMEG Italian cooktop boasts a folding glass top that extends counter space. A sink by Houzer is topped with a designer faucet with spray head that’s handy in the kitchen, and can extend far enough to rinse off sandy feet before they enter the Road Chief. The fridge is a 3.1 cubic foot marine-grade Nova Cool, supported by a best-in-class German compressor that runs on 12volt power from the battery and solar panel. A compact microwave oven is also standard, along with three all-aluminum cupboards, two drawers and two upper shelves stocked with everything you need to prepare a memorable meal. The birch table is designed for easy portability when you wish to dine al fresco.
The mid-cabin area is a marvel of efficiency that starts with a unique door system that allows the full bathroom with stunning shower to shrink and grow (approximately 3′ x 5′) according to your needs. The toilet with 6-gallon capacity has an innovative design that allows for a quick and easy removal of black water waste in a sealed container, eliminating the need for hoses. The unique German ventilation system ensures that the bathroom remains fresh. Also included in the bathroom are two roof vents which give great ventilation and quick escape of moisture from the shower. An exterior door into the bathroom area serves as both an emergency exit and a convenient loading point, and two frosted skylights provides excellent daytime illumination. The interior of the bathroom is beautifully finished with waterproof aluminum sheathing and teak decking. You’ll also find plenty of storage, across the way in a tall wardrobe that includes four drawers, two sliding door shelves and a lifting counter top that reveals a sink and foldable faucet.
In the stateroom of the Road Chief, the twin V-beds convert in a snap to an almost “king,” roomy enough for any couple. Sumptuous Libeco Home linens, and a comfy 6” thick foam/latex mattress are included, plus you’ll find an under-bed storage drawer and a stylish table. The separate bedroom gives you additional privacy through the unique door systems that allows the stateroom to remain very private from friends and family who are staying in the main cabin twins so you’ll find your sleep or concentration is all your own. LED reading lights are included both in the stateroom and throughout the Road Chief.
The Bowlus Road Chief embodies what you already know, that great design isn’t dependent on square feet.
The Bowlus Road Chief delivers on just about any adventure imaginable. Its unique front door easily loads big gear like paddleboards, surfboards, kayaks or bicycles, and the cleverly integrated lash points make it a simple matter to secure them for your journey. Just as important, the Bowlus Road Chief’s trim size and abundant clearance allow easy access to remote locations. And when it’s time to take a break from your adventures, the Road Chief stores conveniently in a conventional garage.
The Road Chief is more than beautiful rolling art, it’s also seriously adventure-ready. It comes with the usual fresh and grey water hold tanks for self-contained comfort everywhere. You can also be easily “off the grid” with the included 120W solar panels and two high capacity AGM batteries. The best locations will always be yours since the awning can be positioned on either side to make every trip picture perfect. Due to its size and agility, the Road Chief can reach just about any location your automobile can, be it a secluded beach or the perfect spot between your favourite pines.
Got gear? The Road Chief front-entry door allows easy storage of popular long gear inside the trailer, using built-in cargo lash points. No need for an external sports rack. A generous payload of 800 pounds means you can carry all you need. The Road Chief is ready to go where your adventures are, with a generous 14 inches of ground clearance, and an 11-degree departure angle at the rear when loaded. An independently suspended torsion axle helps keep it sure-footed for a smooth ride.
And when it’s time to head home the Bowlus Road Chief at 7 feet 10 inches in height, easily glides through a standard 8-foot garage door so prepping for your next adventure is a snap.
An escape in the Bowlus Road Chief might be exactly what you’re craving to boost your productivity. The Road Chief’s streamline design might be a tribute to yesteryear, but its technology is as advanced as anything out there. Wireless antennas and power points are cleverly hidden yet easily accessible; as is everything else you need for both work and play. It’s just the thing to indulge your wanderlust, stoke your imagination and unleash the power of your creativity.
When inspiration hits you’ll be thrilled the Road Chief’s iconic exterior conceals a technology powerhouse that readily supports your next great idea. Whether you’re working on your next book or catching up on a report, the Road Chief has everything you need.
Power outlets are on hand throughout the Bowlus Road Chief, so you can work comfortably anywhere. The built-in inverter gives you the ability to plug in even when there’s no outside power connection available.
A pair of advanced AGM batteries give plenty of power and, with the 120-watt solar panel stored away in the wardrobe closet, you can augment your power supply naturally.
Beside the sofa is a clever built-in charging station that accommodates laptops, tablets and cellular devices. The Road Chief is outfitted with cellular or Wi-Fi routers, amplifiers, or other devices that will get you conveniently online. Waste heat from electronic devices is passively vented to the roof through a special vent, so the cabin won’t heat up excessively.
There’s also an 8000 BTU air conditioner that is so efficient that a small 2000-watt generator can run it (or you can plug into AC power when available). The Road Chief also has six roof vents that do a remarkable job of ventilating without the need for noisy fan motors.
And once you’re done working, you can slip your laptop or tablet back into the dedicated holders knowing no matter where you are, the Road Chief stands ready for work or play.
The Bowlus Road Chief is engineered for the highest levels of quality and durability. Its body is joined together by over 5,000 hand-bucked rivets to form a single, incredibly tough “monocoque” shell. The Bowlus Road Chief makes use of authentic materials like birch, aluminum and brass, and its interior is trimmed in premium fabrics chosen for optimum comfort and wear. Like your memories, the Bowlus Road Chief will last a lifetime.
Way back in 1934, Hawley Bowlus, the inventor of the original Bowlus Road Chief, knew that the best way to build a light and strong travel trailer was to emulate aircraft design. He took aircraft-grade aluminum sheets and riveted them together over a lightweight skeleton to form a single, tight, and incredibly durable monocoque structure.
The monocoque design is the key to today’s Bowlus Road Chief’s astonishingly low weight, at just under 2,000 pounds dry. It’s also the reason why a Road Chief tows easier. The aerodynamic shape of the aluminum monocoque, and the smoothly enclosed undercarriage, dramatically reduces drag resistance, which means you can tow it with less horsepower and enjoy better fuel economy.
The aluminum alloy used to fabricate the Bowlus Road Chief’s body the same alloy used for the construction of airliners. It’s tough, resistant to dents caused by hail, and can be polished to a mirror-like finish.
Over five thousand rivets and an all-aluminum frame means that the Road Chief can last a lifetime, pulling smoothly over all kinds of roads. Of all the travel trailers on the market today, only the Bowlus Road Chief uses a full monocoque design, which is why the Bowlus Road Chief is the lightest 24-foot fully featured travel trailer ever produced.
Nothing can claim to be “green” when it wears out and ends up in a landfill in a decade. The Road Chief is crafted for quality with the finest materials to ensure your investment is a wise one that will last more than a lifetime of adventures.